Date on Master's Thesis/Doctoral Dissertation


Document Type

Master's Thesis

Degree Name




Degree Program

English, MA

Committee Chair

Griner, Paul

Committee Co-Chair (if applicable)

Biberman, Matthew

Committee Member

Biberman, Matthew

Committee Member

Williams, Michael

Author's Keywords

fiction; literature


This creative thesis is the story of a man returning home at the behest of a friend who is undergoing great difficulties in her life. While Docent Americana ostensibly travels home to help his friend, he is also trying to cope with challenges in his own life. He suffers from bipolar disorder and although he is receiving treatment for it the stresses of the experience trigger a manic episode that threatens his personal stability and his relationships with those around him. An Unnamed God is set in western Kentucky, affording a glimpse at the slow decay of rural communities as job opportunities decline due to factory relocations and advanced farming techniques. Docent’s brother, Shitstorm, has fallen prey to the decreased opportunities and, like many in rural America, has turned to the manufacture and use of methamphetamine.

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